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Where do we go from here?

Last weekend the Chicago black community experienced one of its most violent three days in its history. More than 70 black women, men, boys, and girls were shot and of those, 12 killed by other black members of their community. As of today, there have been no arrests. I wonder, where is the moral outrage?

Perhaps God is trying to tell us something. And perhaps that something is, if we, as African-Americans, don’t respect the lives of our own, then no one else will either. How bad does it have to get in our streets before we finally stand up and say to those perpetrating the violence, “Enough is enough!”

Where is the outrage over a weekend of senseless violence, not from other cultures, but from us? According to reports, of the 70 people shot – during a three-hour span, 33 people were shot, two were killed. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friend.” I concur and say, we must speak up!

These shootings were perpetrated, planned, and executed by our own children and we must ask ourselves, how long we will continue to turn a blind eye, simply because they are our children. How many of us must die by the hands of those who look like us, before we sit down and have a frank national discussion of what we do about it?

Maya Angelou said, “If you are going down the road and don’t like what is in front of you. And look behind you and don’t like what you see, get off the road. Create a new path.”

Where do we go from here? It is time to create a new path. We are instructed in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” We must forge a path of intentional outreach to our young people; finding solutions to systemic poverty that is swallowing our neighborhoods and creating hopelessness and despair. Let’s use our heartbreak and pain as motivation for change.

This issue of black bodies littering the streetscapes of neighborhoods resulting from gun violence reaches beyond the borders of Chicago. Children and families who reside on the streets surrounding the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, where I am the pastor, other north Minneapolis churches, and urban areas across the country, see as the norm yellow crime scene tape, flashing lights and sirens woven into the fabric of their lives.

Where do we go from here? This complex, multifaceted problem requires more than a band aid approach or a single answer. Mothers, fathers, aunties, uncles, grandmas and grandfathers, sisters, brothers, cousins and friends who are crying tears remain the lead story on the news for deeply sorrowful reasons: being killed and because of their tears and frustration. Who will stop the killing and who will wipe their tears? Who will help our communities to reap a future harvest of bright, vibrant, talented young people? To show them we will not give up on them?

Let’s talk about it. I invite you to connect with me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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